Selling your house is exciting and you probably can’t wait to move out and get into your new home. However, selling a house is not always straightforward and many people find the process complex and confusing. If you’re considering selling or you’ve already started the process, then here are the key steps and surveys you need to know about.
Have your property valued
If you want to sell a property in Scotland, then you need to start by finding out how much your house is worth. Many agents offer a free property valuation service and will visit your home in person to estimate its value based on the local property market. It is a good idea to invite several property agents to your property so you get multiple valuations.
Appoint a home selling agent
Once your property has been valued, you will need to choose one of the property agents to take you through the house selling process. This person will guide you throughout the entire process, so make your decision carefully and appoint a property agent who will support you and make the process as easier as possible. Read customer reviews and testimonials online to help you choose a quality property agent.
Complete home improvements
You will need to make sure that your property is ready for sale before you put it on the market. Completing major renovation work is often a waste of money if you’re looking to sell, but you must make sure that your home is in good condition. Simple upgrades and improvements can boost your resale price and help your property stand out in the competitive property market.
According to Property Mark, these simple home improvements will add value to your house before selling: replacing broken lightbulbs, adding a fresh coat of paint, and giving your garden a makeover. You should also make sure that any cosmetic defects or damage is repaired before you list your property.
Get a Home Report
If you are selling a property in Scotland, then you will need to book a home report survey. This has been a legal requirement in Scotland since 2008. A home report is designed to give prospective buyers useful information on your property so they can make a well-informed decision before putting in an offer.
It is a good idea to obtain a home report before you list your property on the market, as it will make the moving process smoother and avoid unnecessary delays. You must provide a potential buyer with a copy of the home report within nine days of them requesting it.
There are three parts to a home report: Single Survey, the Energy Report, and the Property Questionnaire. We will discuss these in more detail below:
This document includes a detailed report on the condition and valuation of the property. It is designed to give the seller and buyer useful information on the property’s condition and value before any offers are made.
The Energy Report rates a home’s energy efficiency and its environmental impact. This is usually presented in the form of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
A property questionnaire covers various topics including parking arrangements, modifications to the property, council tax bands, information on utilities and services, and details of the property owners responsibilities when it comes to communal areas.
You should be able to complete the property questionnaire yourself, although you can ask a home report specialist for advice if you get stuck or find parts of the questionnaire difficult to fill out.
List your property
Make sure that your property details are accurate when you list your house for sale. First impressions are extremely important, so make sure that your agent posts high-quality professional with your property listing. Your agent will manage your listing and help you market your property to attract potential buyers.
People who are interested in your property will book a viewing with your property agent. In most cases, your property manager will handle viewings and show people around your property. It is then simply a case of waiting for interested parties to submit an offer.
Selling a property can be a long and complicated process, but there are plenty of things you can do to ensure that things run smoothly. Follow the basic steps outlined above and always listen to the advice and guidance of your home selling agent. Hopefully, you will sell quickly and be in your new home before you know it!